Mix-up has sex offenders registered in wrong area .
October 19, 2000
Authorities were surprised to learn this week that a
group home for sex offenders had located in
unincorporated Arapahoe County.
The group home and four sex offenders living in it
were registered with Denver authorities. They
should have been registered with Arapahoe
Now, they are.
Capt. Phil Spence, Arapahoe County Sheriff's
spokesman, said the group home has a Denver
mailing address, but is actually in unincorporated
Arapahoe County, near South Holly Street and
East Evans Avenue.
"They didn't try to break the spirit of the law,"
Spence said. "They tried to do right."
Authorities were alerted about 9 a.m. Tuesday that the group home was in
Arapahoe County, Spence said.
"An area resident tipped us off to the fact that, 'Do you know a bunch of sex
offenders is living in this house?"' Spence said. "The answer was, 'No, how
could this be?' It turns out they thought they were in Denver."
The home is five houses inside the Arapahoe County line, in the Holly Hills
neighborhood, Spence said. It is also close to Holly Hills Elementary School.
By 4 p.m. Tuesday, the four offenders were registered with Arapahoe County,
complying with state law that says convicted sex offenders must register with
the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over where they're living.
Copyright © 2000 Denver Rocky Mountain News, by Gary Massaro.